Yelp Inc.’s (YELP - Free Report) second-quarter 2019 earnings of 16 cents per share surged 30% year over year and also surpassed the Zacks Consensus Estimate of $12 cents, driven by higher net income and lower share count owing to robust share repurchases.
Revenues of $247 million missed the Zacks Consensus Estimate of $248 million but increased 5% year over year.
The company’s focus on expanding its product portfolio is a key driver. Notably, its two new products — Verified License and Business Highlights — added more than 25,000 active paying locations in the quarter. Moreover, these products boosted the number of paying advertising starts in the Self Serve channel.
Advertising revenues (96% of total revenues) rose 5% year over year to $238 million, driven by growth in the number of paying advertising locations and improved productivity from advertising sales force.
Paying advertising locations grew 6% year over year to 549,000 sites. Also, paying advertiser accounts were 194,000, up 1.5% year over year.
Revenues from multi-location advertisers grew 21% year over year, backed by growth across mid-market, franchise and particularly, national advertisers.
Yelp is more and more benefiting from its Home & Local services, which contributed 35% to advertising revenues. Home & Local category was mainly boosted by revenues from ‘Request-A-Quote’, which surged 40% year over year.
Transaction revenues declined 25% year over year to $3 million due to revenue loss as a result of Eat24’s sale to Grubhub.
Other services revenues improved 15% to $6 million, banking on growth of Yelp Reservations and Yelp Waitlist.
Cumulative reviews rose 18% year over year to more than 192 million. App unique devices also climbed 15% year over year to 37 million on monthly average basis.
The company delivered 42% more paid ad clicks to advertisers while reducing their average cost-per-click (CPC) by 25%.
Yelp reported adjusted EBITDA of $55 million, up 17% year over year. Moreover, adjusted EBITDA margin expanded 200 bps to 22%, backed by controlled operating expenses.
Balance Sheet & Cash Flow
Yelp exited the second quarter with $458 million in cash, cash equivalents & marketable securities, down from $626 million at the end of the prior reported quarter.
Net cash flow from operating activities was $57 million compared with $41 million in the sequential quarter.
During the second quarter, the company repurchased nearly 8.8 million shares for $295 million. As a result, it lowered its outstanding shares by 12% starting this year.
For the third quarter, Yelp expects a revenue rise in the range of 8-10% while adjusted EBITDA margins to increase 1-2 percentage points year over year.
The launch of Yelp Portfolios in June is making the management optimistic.
The company reiterates its 8-10% revenue growth prediction for 2019.
Adjusted EBITDA margin is projected to improve 2-3 percentage points for the full year.
Zacks Rank & Key Picks
Yelp currently has a Zacks Rank #3 (Hold). A few better-ranked stocks in the broader technology sector are Anixter International (AXE - Free Report) , LogMeIn (LOGM - Free Report) and Perficient (PRFT - Free Report) , each flaunting a Zacks Rank #1 (Strong Buy). You can see the complete list of today’s Zacks #1 Rank stocks here.
Long-term earnings growth rate for Anixter, LogMeIn and Perficient is currently projected to be 8%, 5% and 10.8%, respectively.
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